Cambridge, Mass. (December 13) -- Prior to the team's recent home match vs. Tufts University, the MIT squash program recognized the generous support of Alan and Julie Gerstein and the establishment of the Gerstein (1988) Squash Fund. The fund addresses digital technology upgrades for the Squash program and an endowment to support future enhancements for the Squash Lobby. With many in attendance at the match, a plaque was unveiled near the courts to commemorate the occasion and to recognize the establishment of this fund.
"We greatly appreciate the support of Alan and Julie Gerstein as it makes a huge impact on our program," said MIT head coach Thierry Lincou. "This new system will enhance the experience for both the players and spectators and provide live scoring to the alums and other supporters of our program. This is a great step for our team and lays the foundation for future technology development and improvements."
This season, the Engineers utilized the funding to install a state-of-the-art digital scoring system in all six courts, along with a 65-inch monitor that captures data from each court in an easy-to-read manner that gives the spectators the ability to know what is happening at all times throughout the facility.
Gerstein was a three-year varsity squash player at MIT, helping the team to a No. 13 national ranking in the 1987-88 season. He holds an SB in economics and a Master's degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Following his graduation in 1988, Gerstein worked at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and most recently at BlueMountain Capital Management. In addition, he is also a member MIT Corporation, which helps secure critical financial resources for the Institute.
This season, the squash team is off to a 7-3 start that includes a 5-0 record at home and a current national ranking of No. 22. Most recently, the team defeated No. 23 Tufts University by a convincing 8-1 final, along with taking a point from crosstown rival and No. 2 ranked Harvard University for the first time since the 1993-94 season.